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Cirque Du Soleil: Volume 3 [DVD]

Francesca Gagnon , Eve Montpetit , David Mallet , Nick Morris    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Francesca Gagnon, Eve Montpetit, Ebon Grayman, Kristina Ivanova, Cindy Whiteman
  • Directors: David Mallet, Nick Morris
  • Producers: Frances Berwick, Peter Wagg, Rocky Oldham
  • Format: Box set, PAL, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 347 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006HCS6Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,862 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The unique, enthralling antics and acrobatics of the Cirque Du Soleil are showcased in this surprisingly strong DVD package. And it’s surprising because it refuses to cut corners. The production values are excellent, the filming is strong, and where with some live show DVDs there’s a feeling that it’s been banged out with little thought, there’s no evidence of that here at all.

It’s important too, because it allows the focus to be on the quite incredible Cirque Du Soleil. If you’re new to them, then they’re a circus company pretty much without parallel. Some of their feats are simply incredible to watch, and while their live shows are clearly the best way to enjoy their work, this DVD set is surely the next best thing. Four shows are included, and while it feels wrong to cite one over the others, the stunning "Alegria" is nonetheless an excellent starting point.

Topped with a terrific, thoughtful musical background, there’s an immense amount of entertainment on offer here from Cirque Du Soleil that’s light years away from the circuses that happily pitched up around the country over the past decades. That it offers much that all the family can appreciate only adds to the appeal. Heck, even the clowns are actually funny… --Jon Foster

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Another collection of awe-inspiring performances from the Cirque du Soleil, showcasing their avant-garde blend of circus, art and theatre.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing! 5 Feb 2005
By Mic
After going to see Saltimbanco live, I instantly fell in love with Cirque du Soleil. I wanted to see more, so I bought Varekai from the show for £25. Since I bought it, it never came out of my dvd player!
I stumbled accross amazon selling the Cirque du Soleil DVDS and almost fainted when I saw they were about a fiver each, and instantly bought them.
This set contains Saltimbanco, Dralion, La Nouba and Alegria. I cant comment on Saltimbanco because Im goign seeing it live again and dont want to spoil the experiance =P As for the others...
Dralion is based a lot on the chinese circus, but it also seems to mix Indian and African culture in too, which can be seen from the music and costumes. My favourite acts in this are the single hand balancing, ballet on lightbulbs (which is literally what the name says) and teeterboard (where acrobats are thrown off the end of a seesaw to make a tower of humans...amazing). Usually I dont really like the clowns, but there is one part that made me really laugh my socks off, adn its really cleverly done. The costumes and music and performances are to the same amazingly high standard you expect from the cirque.
La Nouba seems to be quite dark compared to some of the others. It isnt as long as the other DVDs, but it does compensate for this by having 2 dvds- the first is the actual show, and the second is full of extras such as indepth interviews with the performers, a background into 'Les Cons' (very funny clown-like performers- some of my all time fav characters), lots of behind the scene stuff and an oppertunity to meet the musicians. Some of the dance parts in this are a lil more hip hop which I found really interesting. My favourite act in this is the fast track and trampoline at the end as it is simply entrancing.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
There are circus acts and then there is "Cirque du Soleil" they are simply the finest artists from around the world brought together to give the finest performance you can imagine. They do NOT use animals in any acts and if you ever get the chance to see them live then go whatever the cost financially.
The music is superb and powerful with amazing depth and dynamic range (and this is an experienced classical and theatre sound engineer talking) and the lighting and costumes are just as good. Amazon offer this box set at an amazing price so buy it before they put the price up.
The CD's are fantastic to use (due to the stunning dynamic range of tracks such as "Alegria") to test the performance of your HiFi system as well as any professional sound reinforcement system. Time for me to look at the other DVD's and CD's from Cirque du Soleil here at Amazon.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't be bettered .... 14 Feb 2005
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Having seen all of these videos (and recently been lucky enough to see Dralion and Saltimbanco live) I cannot praise these productions enough.
Dralion, in particular, is brilliant on the DVD - verging on the miraculous. The music (despite ignorant newspaper reviews) is probably my favourite of all Cirque productions (with the possible exception of Alegria). The Chinese cirus acts, together with world themes ranging from India to South America via Africa, are truly wonderful. The opening handbalancing act has to be one of the most sureal and beautiful of the show.
Saltimbanco is an older show and has a naivity about it which is refreshing. The cast is young and there is a youthful enthusiasm and driving pace to the whole show. The DVD is an accurate reflection of the show but the Russian swing is even more impressive live where the acrobats seem (at least from the front row) to go into orbit. The hire wire act is nothing short of amazing and syncronised Bungees brought tears of joy as climax to the show. Wonderful.
Alegria is probably my favourite show of the bunch - excellent extras plus a superbly filmed and atmospheric performance from live shows in Sydney.
La Nouba is the permanent show at Disney World in Florida. As a result they can really go wild on the staging. The FastTrack/trampoline sequence alone is worth the price of this CD set and is trualy an amazing piece of correography. It is still the Aerial Ballet in Silk that brings a lump to the throat though every time I watch it.
This really is 4 of the best shows at an amazing price - it really cannot be beaten. If you love CdS and haven't seen any of these you haven't lived. If you have never heard of Cirque du Soleil buy it and prepare to be converted (you have been warned)!! The only way these can be bettered is in the live performance - go and see Saltimbanco while it is in the UK !!
5 stars aren't enough - this deserves at leat 20 (5 for each disc)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning performances 11 Jan 2006
By Kitty
Imagine a place where circus acts make you hold your breath, clowns actually make you laugh out loud and costumes, masks, and make up force you to stare in amazement. welcome to the world of cirque du soleil. I am lucky enough to have seen Alegria by Cirque du Soleil live, the experience is just amazing, if you ever get the chance, just buy the most expensive tickets you can get, trust me, you will remember it for the rest of your life. These DVD's are the closest you can get to the real thing, and even though i have never seen the other three live, the performances left me gasping for more. You will enjoy these if you have seen any of Cirque du Soleil's shows, as it will bring memories flooding back. I would wait if you can to see them live before watching the video, but if you cant just soak it all in and grab the next chance you can get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stuff
Bought this box set as a present for my husband who is a great fan of cirque du soleil. It did not disappoint in their excellence in the performances. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dubbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly like the picture . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . . . . ....
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Published 15 months ago by paul mellelieu
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising
Here is a collection of some of the best Cirque performances. It just makes me more determined to see them perform live one day!
Published 17 months ago by Miss Emilie Charlotte
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME FILMS
Published 17 months ago by ALBS
5.0 out of 5 stars Very watchable.
Cirque Du Soleil put on amazing shows and this DVD set captures the magic perfectly. Well worth getting if you love the unique and spectacular shows that Cirque have made their... Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by BigClive
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Entertainment
This set is excellent value for money, over 6 hours viewing for [...]. The circus acts are some of the best anywhere and the productions are lavish and thoroughly professional. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2010 by Wassail
5.0 out of 5 stars ref. cirque du soleil
After investigating a number of other outlets I found exactly what I wanted on the Amazon website. As usual, this proved to be a super set of discs and was very good value.
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by Mr. Malcolm Shires
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I have always enjoyed watching Cirque du Soleil when they have appeared on television and am so glad I bought these dvd's. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2010 by Elizabeth F
5.0 out of 5 stars Cirque du Soleil Vol.3- Breathtaking
If you really want value for money then this is the box set for you. Forget the old fashioned view of the circus, this is a choreographed entertainment that anyone in the family... Read more
Published on 14 July 2010 by Keith Holiday
5.0 out of 5 stars EL MEJOR CIRCO DEL MUNDO!!!
Coleccion impactante!!! realmente es el mejor de los mejores circos del mundo!!! vale la pena y a un precio de lujo!!!!
Published on 10 July 2010 by DUBNO
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